Here in Sudbury and beyond, we encounter all sorts of plumbing issues. Many of them can’t be seen immediately. Sometimes you see a wet spot on your ceiling. Sometimes you get a strange sewage type smell. Below we will share why you shouldn’t ignore this sewer gas smell.
Causes of Sewer Gas Smell
Today’s plumbing systems have fail safes in place to protect properties from sewer gas leakage. However, there are still a few possible causes for the sewer gas smell. Most of them include plumbing failures such as:
Damaged pipes – Sewer system pipes are designed to be reinforced to protect the interior of your property from the byproducts of waste water as well as human waste. Plumbing pipes that are cracked, degraded, or broken can allow sewer gas to leak into your home.
Plumbing leaks – You may become exposed to sewer gas smells if there are leaks in your plumbing system. They usually are the result of improperly placed pipes or vents. Sewer gas can come into the property when plumbing vents are improperly installed too close to an air intake or window. Faulty septic systems can also cause strange smells when their contents leak through the foundation of the property. Which leads us to:
Air vent blockage – Air vents are also responsible for transporting toxic waste through the septic system. Drains can become clogged from items that are improper to flush or pour can cause a sewage backup. These clogs can decompose and cause a sewer gas smell in your property if allowed to sit without proper treatment.
Other causes of sewer gas smells include plumbing that isn’t used enough (such as a guest bathroom) and loose toilets. A toilet that wobbles a little isn’t uncommon, but it can lead to a gap in the pipes and leakage of sewer gas.
How Do I Know if I Have a Sewer Gas Leak?
It is important to detect the smell of sewer gas quickly to save your property and its occupants. Sewer gas can take on all types of forms. A rotten-egg smell often indicates hydrogen sulfide, a common sewer gas. The smell of ammonia is more intense and can cause eyes to water. You may also notice the smell of human waste. Any of these and other strange smells should lead to immediate action.
Is Sewer Gas a Health Hazard?
Sewer gas can be comprised of a complex mixture of various gases and compounds. Some of these are toxic to humans. Some of these sewer gases are not dangerous in small amounts, but can contribute to toxicity at high levels. Symptoms of sewer gas exposure may include:
- Nausea and vomiting.
- And many others.
If you believe your property may be leaking sewer gas, vacate it and do not return until a licensed plumber has given the all clear. Finally, seek medical attention if you believe you have been exposed to sewer gas. Read more on sewer gas health effects Healthline.
Sudbury Sewer Gas Smell
Our team can help you identify and repair the cause of your sewer gas smell, as well as address many other related plumbing needs. Our service areas also include Chelmsford, Lively, the Valley Area and more. Contact us today to get a free, no-obligation quote on your plumbing.